Instrument of Change: Visions of the Guitar in the Early 20th Century

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Instrument of Change: Visions of the Guitar in the Early 20th Century

The guitar underwent an extraordinary revival in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, with new designs and distinctive playing techniques emerging by the 20th Century. This exhibition delves into the guitar’s varied contexts, from the BMG (Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar) movement of the late Victorian era to Hispanic, Pacific and North American guitar traditions up to the 1930s. It reveals how Percy Grainger engaged with the guitar through these traditions, embracing the instrument as both performer and composer. The exhibition also includes some rare and beautiful instruments on-loan from a private collection.

Join us for a series of free public performances spanning the styles of pre-amplified jazz guitar, Bach lute suites and the sounds of the Brazilian cavaquinho.

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